This is one blog post that I really didn’t expect to be writing any time soon and it pains me to write about a guitarist who has influenced me and so many others so greatly.
Late yesterday afternoon the guitar community was shocked to hear that Gary Moore had passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning while in Spain. Initial reports of his death had circulated on Twitter but I had hoped that it was just another one of those twisted hoaxes. Within an hour reports were confirmed via Gary’s management that he had died.
The guitar world is mourning the loss of Gary Moore, aged 58, a guitarist who worked with many of the greats, including: Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, BB King, George Harrison, Albert King as well as a host of others. A particular favourite collaboration of mine was the super group with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker called BBM who recorded an album titled ‘Around the Next Dream’ in 1994.
With 20 solo albums, numerous collaborations, guest appearances and stints in various rock bands, including: Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and Collosseum II. Gary was certainly a busy and in demand guitarist during his career, earning him the highly regarded reputation as one the all time greats.
He will most likely be remembered for his 1979 UK top 10 hit ‘Parisienne Walkways’ but for me it will be his amazing rendition of the Blood Sweat & Tears song ‘I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know’ on his 2008 album ‘Bad For You Baby’ that will stick with me for some time to come. Partly because it was the last track I had played just minutes before hearing of Gary’s death.
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – Gary Moore
Gary showed his humorous side when he took part in a comedy sketch called “The Easy Guitar Book Sketch” with the comedian Rowland Rivron. The sketch also included David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Lemmy and Mark King.
The Easy Guitar Book Sketch
Both friends and fans have been quick to pay tribute to Gary:
- Very sad to hear about Gary Moore. I interviewed him on many occasions. Farewell Gary. – David Mead (Guitar Techniques)
- I counted Gary as a friend, have interviewed him on loads of occasions, played on stage with him and had a lot of laughs – usually at my expense. RIP Gary. Best wishes to all his friends and especially family. – Neville Marten (Editor Guitar Techniques)
- I spoke to Graham Lily, Gary’s guitar tech on Friday to discuss the Southbank gig. It seems so unreal. Completely gutted. – Phil Castang (International Guitar Foundation)
Gary Moore Interview with Marshall (2008)
Gary Moore Interview with Neville Marten (Guitarist Magazine)